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Cooks, Short Order

Also called: Cook, Grill Cook, Line Cook, Short Order Cook

What they do:
Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.
On the job, you would:
  • Grill, cook, and fry foods such as french fries, eggs, and pancakes.
  • Clean food preparation equipment, work areas, and counters or tables.
  • Take orders from customers and cook foods requiring short preparation times, according to customer requirements.


  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • food production
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Point of sale POS software
  • Aldelo Systems Aldelo for Restaurants Pro
  • Foodman Home-Delivery
Inventory management software
  • Inventory control software


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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